Have a go at quantum computing with the Quantum Inspire platform

Collaboration QuTech, TNO and SURF

12 SEP 2018

QuTech has launched a quantum computing platform to help you explore the opportunities and (future) power of quantum computation. Users get access to various technologies to perform quantum computations and learn the principles of quantum computing. Large algorithms can be executed on the national supercomputer Cartesius at SURFsara.

First steps

For those who always wanted to have a go at quantum computing, QuTech has launched Quantum Inspire. This quantum computing platform is designed to support your first steps into the world of quantum computation and to help you explore the opportunities that the power of quantum will offer in the future. Users get access to various technologies to perform quantum computations, learn the principles of quantum computing and can become a member of the community.

Quantum Computer Simulator

QuTech (founded by TNO and TU Delft) has built Quantum Inspire to write and execute algorithms on the QX Quantum Computer Simulator. The realisation of large-scale physical quantum computer appears to be challenging, alongside the efforts to design quantum computers, significant efforts are focusing on the the development of useful quantum algorithms. In the absence of large physical quantum computer, accurate software simulation of quantum computers on a classical computers is required to simulate the execution of those quantum algorithms and to study the behaviour of a quantum computer and improve its design.

Connection of quantum chip

QuTech’s ambition is to connect the first quantum chip to Quantum Inspire in 2019. A dedicated engineering team with specialists from TNO and TU Delft is currently working on a full stack quantum computer platform. This platform consists of high-end electronics, extreme cooling power to reach cryogenic environments (almost absolute zero) and complex software to execute, control and read out qubit operations.

Quantum algorithms

Quantum Inspire provides users a variety of ways to program quantum algorithms, execute these algorithms and examine the results. It provides a graphical interface to program in QASM (Quantum Assembly Language) and to visualize operations in circuit diagrams. With the QI Editor non-quantum experts learn to write quantum algorithms with support of automatic syntax checking. The output of a quantum algorithm can be examined using a built-in data viewer. Users can also download the raw output of quantum algorithms for more detailed analysis and examination of results.


Quantum Inspire offers several types of accounts: Anonymous, Basic and Advanced. As an anonymous user you can write some basic algorithms and use up to 5 qubits in the QX Simulator without having the possibility to save and share your results. With a basic account you can simulate quantum algorithms with up to 31 qubits and/or execute them on QuTech’s (future) hardware back-ends. With an advanced account you can simulate up to 37 qubits using more powerful computer power on Cartesius.

More information

Read more on QuTech’s website

Image: IBM quantumcomputer

Latest modifications 13 Sep 2018